Bleeding Fool Celebrates Five Years of Fun & Foolishness


Satire must accompany any free society. It is an absolute necessity. Even in the most repressive medieval kingdoms they understood the need for the Court Jester, the one soul allowed to tell the truth through laughter.

– Joe Randozzo –

 

 

It should come as no surprise that this blog was born out of frustrations with similar websites that were either shill sites or thinly veiled, hard left Marxist entertainment websites, or both. Bleeding Fool was inspired by this advent of pop culture pontificators pushing social justice and other progressive ideals to the forefront of their content, gradually shifting their focus to how modern entertainment could promote progressive causes rather than evaluating the content based on its inherent entertainment value.

 

Our origins can be traced back to September 11, 2017

 

 

 

Around this time, Marvel had been hiring openly racist, sexist writers like Gabby Rivera, and transgender sociopaths that wanted to smash people’s mouths with a baseball bat. But when G.I. Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson insulted most of America on September 11, Bleeding Fool’s Twitter account was born and began the concentrated push-back on the weird defense Sitterson was receiving from websites like Bleeding Cool and Graphic Policy.

 

 

Since the progressive left arguably seems to openly hate American and holds patriotism in disdain, it’s no surprise that many of them swiftly came to Sitterson’s defense, blaming any and all criticism or anger on the Aubrey’s role as a social justice warrior who was including LGBTQ content in the G.I. Joe books he was writing. 

 

 

Brett Schenker is the founder of Graphic Policy and is a hard left DC native who pushes hard left politics not only the GP website, but regularly on his personal account as well. And there’s Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool, who is a UK native also a far left liberal that does pretty much the same. This was a familiar pattern at likeminded websites like The Mary Sue, CBR, Comics Alliance, Newsarama, et al at the time and was in philosophical alignment with dozens of comic book creators of the day. They were not ashamed of their open political advocacy because they’ve become convinced that they’re “on the right side of history,” and thus, shouldn’t be bothered to mitigate their political biases when interacting with fans, or in the case of websites, reporting on comics and entertainment news.

 

 

So why should we be any different? And so the Twitter account was launched.

 

Thankfully we weren’t alone, but websites like Bounding Into Comics, Critical Blast, and Cosmic Book News seemed to be the only handful of sources that offered a similarly point of view, which came from a more libertarian or conservative standpoint. They never shilled for the big companies the way that Variety, THR, Deadline, Kevin Smith, and others so often do. In fact, they actually seemed like honest fans that loved the entertainment arts and didn’t want to see them used as a bludgeon to shepherd the masses towards progressivism. We quickly found several other happy warriors in the Twitterverse, but we wished to do even more.

 

The Bleeding Fool website itself was launched after Joe Glass, or Jude Terror, or maybe even uncle Richie, had written another tiresome article crowing about the necessity of inclusion and diversity in comics and how the publishers should celebrate it more and “step up” their efforts. Our soon to be editor in chief posted a reply along the lines of “How did Chris Claremont’s X-Men #94 ever become such a massive hit without virtue signaling its diversity?

 

 

 

 

He was promptly shadowbanned for that obviously logical question, and within a week, Bleeding Fool was born

 

Even though at the time Axel Alonso and David Gabriel had concluded that pushing for more diversity wasn’t profitable, Al Landau (the President of Marvel Comics in the early 70’s) knew that diversity could be handled properly and profitably, but only if it was done by including it casually without ever trying to push its importance on the reader. Today’s advocates learned neither of these lessons, and the social justice warriors have persisted to this day.

 

Also around this time, Mark Waid and lesser known comic “professionals,” had physically threatened Richard Meyer, an indie creator who started a satirical Youtube channel called “Diversity & Comics” and regularly critiqued the shameful pandering, social justice, and poor quality of modern comics. These incidents led to what has been dubbed Comicsgate, and the left wing media produced its very best spin to crush the movement and gaslight readers and the comics industry into believing it was a “hate group” worse than Gamergate!!!

 

 

In response to the abundance of websites pushing decidedly progressive liberal politics and shilling press releases, we began promoting what we thought was important in comics, TV, film, and games news while pointing out the rampant cringe-worthy, virtue-signaling that was, and still is, prevalent in the market and medium. While we still report a lot of straight entertainment news also, we also signal boost writers like Avi Green, A.H. Lloyd, Jamison Ashley, Karina Smitt, and dozens of others that have provided us with some intelligent and marvelous rants.

 

As for the name “fool,” besides the obvious rhyming satire, it’s worth remembering that the classic fool was typically a clever commoner that used their wits to undo those of higher social standing. For the unfamiliar, here is a helpful explanation.

 

 

The role provided an important function and has been present the world for ages. So this is important work we’re doing here!

 

LOL.

So 2017 was when this humble blog began, and we’re still here and we still love comics and geeks of all political persuasions. We’re going to continue to present ideas from our perspective and promote creators who want their work to entertain more than preach as long as this tiny little blog on an ever growing world wide web can manage to do so. If you ever start to feel “triggered,” or get upset by something you read here, please give us you feedback in the comment sections, and promise never to shadowban anyone, but we’re still going to ban any name calling jerks and bots while we do our part to try and make geek hobbies great again!  If we’re not for you, then we recommended you to surf elsewhere. This ship of fools must sail on.

 

 


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Chris Braly

I'm a collector, a speculator, and one opinionated, based geek. My friends call me Braly, but those who know me within the hobby generally refer to me as Bralinator. I try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several low-level, other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly

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